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Something To Live For Reviews

Something To Live For by Richard Roper

Something to Live For

Richard Roper

3.75 out of 5

5 reviews

Imprint: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 27 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9781409185598

With the warmth of David Nicholls and the charm and humour of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Something to Live For explores one man's attempts to let go of the past and start his life afresh.

3 stars out of 5
Sarah Gilmartin
6 Jul 2019

"Richard Roper has crafted a compelling mystery in this clever and uplifting debut"

But Roper’s book is also the kind of heart-warming story that makes a reviewer feel like a pedant for calling out such anomalies. The unevenness is forgivable in a book that brings so many other pleasures, not least a vivid cast of side characters whose problematic lives bleed nicely into Andrew’s.


4 stars out of 5
4 Jul 2019

"uplifting novel that’s related with great compassion and humour"

Andrew is living a lie. His colleagues in the local council believe he has a loving wife and two kids when, in fact, he lives alone with his model train set and his Ella Fitzgerald recordings...

The realities of his situation are exposed with the force of a punch to the gut in this poignant but uplifting novel that’s related with great compassion and humour. 

3 stars out of 5
29 Jun 2019

"it’s perfectly well done and often quite funny too. "

Something to Live For competently offers another serving of the same pleasure as its template. As reader, you are throughout in possession of the emotional responsiveness that the protagonists have suppressed in themselves, so you can feel for them as much as you like from a position of some comfort. Soothing!  

4 stars out of 5
Sharmaine Lovegrove
9 Jun 2019

"A life-affirming debut"

This perfect, quirky summer page-turner follows Andrew, who’s trying to hide the lie of his life — that he has 2.4 children and a perfect wife. As he spirals out of control pretending to be something he’s not and is overcome with loneliness, your heart will break. A life-affirming debut.

4 stars out of 5
Nina Pottell
8 Jun 2019

"Endearing and delightful"

Andrew started his new job, he told his work colleagues about the wife and 2.4 children he had at home - except he lied, and now, he's about to be caught out. But maybe this is what he needs to learn how to really live and be happy. Endearing and delightful.